Ahmed Mohammad’s former school district has sued the Texas attorney general in defiance of a legal order to reveal details of a federal civil rights investigation into the Muslim teen’s arrest after he brought a homemade clock to school last year.
The Texas attorney general’s office earlier this month ordered the Irving school district to U.S. Department of Justice letter outlining accusations of harassment and discrimination to the Dallas Morning News.
Instead, the school district on Thursday filed a suit to prevent the release of the multi-page letter, setting up a trial that could take months to resolve.
The school district argues that the Attorney General’s order “is inconsistent with previous rulings… and it simply contrary to the common law understanding,” but cites no examples or other cases to support the claim, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Last October the teen made a digital clock at home and brought it to school to show his teachers and classmates.
The clock, which looked like a bomb, prompted one teacher to call police out of an abundance of caution. The teen was taken out of the school in handcuffs.
News of his arrest went viral and brought an outpouring of support from political leaders, including President Barack Obama who invited the teen to visit the White House.
Ahmed and his family later moved to Qatar, saying they had received multiple threats.